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Keywords

asthma, COPD, long-acting muscarinic antagonist, tiotropium, inhaled corticosteroid, ICS

 

Authors

  1. Shedd, Glenn Clinton DNP, FNP-BC
  2. Blenis, Robert Colin BSN, RN

ABSTRACT

Background and purpose: The long-acting muscarinic antagonist tiotropium received an indication for the treatment of asthma from the FDA in 2015.

 

Methods: This paper summarizes much of the published findings on tiotropium and asthma and explores the heterogeneity of the asthma population vis-a-vis recent changes in guidelines for management of COPD. The accompanying case study provides an illustration of how tiotropium might be added to a patient's regimen appropriately.

 

Conclusions and implications for practice: Tiotropium has been shown in many studies to be beneficial to patients with asthma as an add-on medication. It should be considered as an agent by the clinician managing patients with both allergic and non-allergic asthma.